A MARRIED couple who won £111,000 in the People's Postcode Lottery say they're spending the money on their parents – even though they're not alive to enjoy it.
Michael and Paula Kerman will use their lottery winnings to buy a memorial bench after hitting the jackpot along with neighbours in Birmingham.
The pair intend to install the bench in their back garden, engraved with the names of both sets of parents who have died.
They will also add those of friends also lost in the three years since the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020.
The couple pocketed a £111,000 share of their West Midlands neighbourhood's "Millionaire Street" £1million prize in the People's Postcode Lottery.
Eight other households on the street won similar amounts, after being part of the subscription syndicate getting lucky this time.
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Supermarket worker Paula, 57, said: "It's amazing – £12 a month and it's changed our lives completely.
"We lost both of our parents and we've lost some good friends over the last three years.
"We want to engrave all their names on to the bench, so we have somewhere to sit and reflect.
"This win maybe has got something to do with the ones that sadly aren't with us anymore."
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But they will be treating themselves too.
The couple had already booked a holiday to Spanish resort Benidorm in the coming weeks but will now splash out on an upgrade.
Mum-of-three Paula said: "It'll be more champagne and a bit more luxury – we don't usually do luxury."
Michael, 58, added: "It's changed our lives overnight.
"We can get a new kitchen, an extension to the back of the house and we can treat the kids."
They celebrated with People's Postcode Lottery presenter and radio DJ Judie McCourt.
Other winners from their street include a great-gran-of-five who intends to spend her windfall on her unusual obsession – terracotta garden gnomes.
Joan Buckingham, 74, told how she enjoys painting gnomes with her great-grandchildren – even though her daughter despairs.
The People's Postcode Lottery, which began in 2005, gives £1million pounds to Brits each week, based on their postcode – Birmingham's B29 5PM this time getting lucky.
Other recent winners include a woman from Dearham in Cumbria who found out about her win just moments after another life-changing call.
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A gran-of nine from Sheffield in South Yorkshire revealed how she'd treat her family with her People's Postcode Lottery winnings.
And a lucky couple told how they hit the jackpot despite recently moving home away from that week's winning neighbourhood in Plymouth, Devon.
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